Our Team

James Skel­ton

Senior Associate
Com­mer­cial, IP & Technology, Fran­chis­ing

As a mem­ber of Swaab’s cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial and intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty prac­tice I am pas­sion­ate about help­ing my clients achieve their goals. My focus is on busi­ness advice, cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial trans­ac­tions, com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty rights and brand pro­tec­tion strategies. 

I was named the 2017 Aus­tralian Young Lawyer of the Year by the Law Coun­cil of Aus­tralia and won the 2017 Lawyers Week­ly 30 Under 30” Award for com­mer­cial law in Aus­tralia. I was also pre­vi­ous­ly a final­ist in the 2017 & 2016 Aus­tralian Law Awards for Young Gun of the Year” and 2015 30 Under 30” Awards. 


  • Draft­ing, pros­e­cut­ing and advis­ing on trade mark, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion mark and design appli­ca­tions in Aus­tralia and internationally
  • Nego­ti­at­ing, advis­ing and con­duct­ing on IP infringe­ment actions
  • Draft­ing IP licence and assign­ment doc­u­ments includin soft­ware licens­es, data­base and data trans­fer agreements
  • Advis­ing on brand pro­tec­tion strate­gies for domes­tic and multi­na­tion­al clients includ­ing man­ag­ing trade mark portfolios
  • Draft­ing and advis­ing on spon­sor­ship agree­ments, con­fi­den­tial­i­ty agree­ments, ser­vice agree­ments, terms of trade and oth­er com­mer­cial agreements
  • Con­duct­ing all aspects of busi­ness sale transactions
  • Pro­vid­ing cor­po­rate sec­re­tar­i­al assis­tance and advice 


  • IP & Tech­nol­o­gy law
  • Com­mer­cial law

Roles mem­ber­ships and education

  • Juris Doc­tor, Law, Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales, 2012
  • Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies (Glob­al), Uni­ver­si­ty of NSW2009
  • Inter­na­tionale Beziehun­gen, Poli­tik und Gesellschaft, Rheinis­che Friedrich-Wil­helms-Uni­ver­sität Bonn, Ger­many, 2009
  • Mem­ber — Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Soci­ety of Aus­tralia & New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • Mem­ber — Com­mu­ni­ca­tions & Media Law Asso­ci­a­tion (CAM­LA)
  • Exec­u­tive Coun­cil­lor — NSW Young Lawyers
  • Direc­tor and Com­pa­ny Sec­re­tary — The Auro­ra Group
  • Diver­si­ty and Inclu­sion Com­mit­tee of the Law Soci­ety of NSW.


A Glob­al Meet­ing of the Brands

In Brief Last month, I rep­re­sent­ed Swaab Attor­neys at the 138th Annu­al Meet­ing of the Inter­na­tion­al Trade­mark Asso­ci­a­tion (INTA) in…
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